Or so I’ve been told #3

Other travelers share their travel experiences with me while we’re all on the travel-road trying to explore new places and different cultures. Today I’d like to share with you the story of an Australian couple I met in Cusco who unfortunately experienced the downside of traveling by airplanes and buses.

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Getting poisoned

You’re on your final descent of a 20-hour flight, looking out of you window at the lights of anticipation for landing while you suddenly hear a soft noise above your head. What was it again the captain just announced that quickly? Once you look up, you realize the stewardess is walking down the aisle with two spray cans in her hands, spraying the cabin with some kind of bug spray. Zara and Kanan didn’t knew they were actually being poisoned.

There are still about 30 minutes left before landing and once the insecticide starts working on the passengers instead of on just the possible bugs the kids on board already seem to be kind of unconscious and Zara feels very sleepy too. After they land, Zara and Kanan go to their hotel where they have to spend one week being sick of the spray. There goes the first week of their holiday!

No toilet for you!

After Buenos Aires their trip continued to other South-American countries, such as Bolivia where they took a bus. They had now idea that they we’re going to be on a bus ride to hell, and believe me, these guys aren’t the travelers that complain, not even a bit, but they had the worst bus ride ever.

A bus ride in Bolivia can take a lot of hours and you might like to use the toilet every now and then while you’re on it. First of all, Bolivian buses have no toilets on board. Second of all, they should stop every once in a while because of that, but they simply don’t. What if you really want to get out of the bus and the driver puts a lock on the door even while right now he is using the local toilet of the village you’re passing through?

Zara and Kanan were locked up in the bus, with no possibility to get out of their transport and having some more bus riding hours to go. How glad they were when they reached La Paz and they could finally visit a bathroom! I thought my bus experience in Bolivia was bad, but this really is worse.

It’s all good

Now this might sound all very negative, but Zara and Kanan might just have been the most positive people I’ve ever met. Even in such situations they managed to be relaxed. They actually had so many stories to tell that I decided to name some of it right now, but I know I will write about them again because they had some pretty awesome hippie stories too! They are now traveling happily through Peru and all is good.

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.

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